Northwest Arkansas officials laud economic impact of bike trails, talk about extending trail systems into SW Missouri |

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An extensive web of mountain biking trails has become an ever-growing tourist attraction for Bella Vista, Arkansas, as well as all of the northwest region of the state.

Members of the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council have begun to have discussions with communities in McDonald County that include connecting with one such trail in Northwest Arkansas called the Razorback Regional Greenway.

To help them gather more information, Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie addressed members of the council’s Transportation Advisory Committee on Wednesday to answer questions and give advice on building more bicycle trails in Southwest Missouri.

Christie said that the trails have benefited Bella Vista by increasing tourism and economic growth as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“In Bella Vista, we have seen the values of our homes go up,” he said. “The houses that are close to the trails or on the trails are commanding a premium of between 5 and 10 percent.”